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Trump tweeted about the danger to Georgia Wednesday, saying, "Hurricane Florence may now be dipping a bit south and hitting a portion of the Great State of Georgia".

Panovich: Right now it looks like landfall is going to occur sometime early Friday morning between, I would say, 4 a.m. and probably about 8 a.m., but it might actually never make it all the way in.

Hurricane Florence had weakened late Wednesday night to a category 2 storm, but was still barreling toward the Carolinas, where it is expected to make landfall on Friday or Saturday, according to the hurricane center. But one thing it might actually help is to reduce the overall wind speed, though we're still going to have gusty winds around here which combined with that wet soil could bring down some trees. Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for the entire state to ease regulations on trucks hauling gasoline and relief supplies. They said torrential rains in the mountains could easily cause flash floods, leading to extensive damage.

Randall Hill / Reuters Lisa Evers (Foreground) and her daughter Amanda Hamilton, both of Oak Island, decorate their storm shutters before evacuating ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Oak Island, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018.

In Virginia, where about 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials urged people to remain away from home despite forecast changes showing Florence's path largely missing the state.

"Storm surge watches are in effect in these areas - hurricane watches are in effect for coastal South Carolina, North Carolina". It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane, ' said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

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Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week.

The White House has approved requests from North Carolina and SC for federal emergency declarations, allowing for greater coordination among states and federal agencies.

"We've chose to stay and it's on us", he said.

"The biggest challenge has been the amount and rapid succession of unprecedented disasters", she said.

As of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination. Even from a distance, Florence is expected to bring more sustained easterly winds to the region.